Viking words

The Vikings enjoyed teasing their friends with clever riddles and jokes and listening to stories, poems and songs. Their favourites were about famous battles or the adventures of the gods. Kings paid for poets called “scalds”, to entertain royal guests and praise their brave deeds. Sometimes, scalds accompanied the words of their poems by playing music on a harp or lyre.

After AD 1200, priests and scholars in Iceland began to write down all the old Viking stories and poems. Known as “sagas” and “eddas”, these stories still survive today.

The Viking carved runes (spiky-looking letters) on memorial-stones to honour people who had died. They also scratched messages and magic spells in runes on wooden sticks, deer antlers and bones.

Runes were made up of straight and diagonal lines, so that they were easy to carve on hard materials like wood and stone.

Some Viking words still used in English: egg, happy, law, husband, sister, knife, window , Thursday (Thor´s day) and any place ending in -by, -thorpe and -ay


~ by vallepajares on January 4, 2010.

15 Responses to “Viking words”

  1. i have the runes i dont understand the self taught wiccans im old and there beliefs and loyalty is strange to me ive been this way forever i realized when i was twelve yrs old.i know the old secrets and am forever a wicca. how can you teach yourself things that only a true wicca knows, self help books??????only a true wicca knows and sometimes

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  3. no not what i wanted

  4. aromate

  5. hyaa ermm i actullu used this for my home work so now i just need to hand it in to my teacher named mrs harared. 🙂

  6. PROUDLY A VIKING.I HAIL ODIN AND OTHER VIKING gods.From fella enycolla.rtd enycolla D1. BRODA DELIVER BRODA.

  7. aro mate this is zest aka nourish id aro wasky from aron bein marine retired aro codinator jvc retired chief strike retired red sea point one dead me dont kap for if dey do they shall be trown over nene for the fishes in the sea to manipulate upon wonskily aro mate

  8. What type of runes are these in the image below? They do not match the runes on the stone.

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